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I propose the name, "tetraheed view", to describe ANY drawing or depiction which combines 3 other views (such as, but not necessarily, a top view, a side view, and a front view; those often are called "orthogonal" views (a clumsy and awkward name, which almost no one knows, or remembers), into a single FOURTH drawing or other depiction. That FOURTH depiction must be a genuine, good-faith attempt to combine (similar terms include integrate, synthesize, merge, etc.) three other views or viewpoints (usually, top, side, & front, in drawings, but when it comes to arguments, the three viewpoints might be described as Contestant 1, Contestant 2, and "Impartial Mediator") into an inclusive and encompassing perspective (or viewpoint, angle, etc.), and to depict what some object would look like, if it could be seen from that fourth angle, viewpoint, etc.
In many cases, it will not be possible to actually see a house, building, or other large and immobile object from a "tetraheed" angle (except, perhaps, in photographs or videos from a drone that can fly up to the proper position, and take pictures from there). So, in many cases, it will need to be a "mental construct".
But therein lies the challenge, and the pride of accomplishment. By using examples -- preferably with some training and coaching -- and by practicing on objects that can be lifted, handled, moved, and actually looked at from different angles, ANYONE can develop (and then improve) at least SOME level of skill, in learning how to analyze drawings, photographs, available views, etc, and then figuring out how an object would look if it could be seen from some OTHER angle, even though no such view is actually available.
My OTHER reason for proposing the phrase "tetraheed view" is because "tetraheed" evokes, or "resonates with", a different word, called a "tetrahedron" (pronounced TETT-ruh-HEED-run).
In geometry, a tetrahedron is formed by assembling four different triangles into a 3-dimensional structure, where:
(1) one triangle forms the base, and
(2) the other 3 triangles (each one attached to the base, along one edge) slope upward, lean against each other, and create/share a single peak. Sort of like an Egyptian pyramid, except those have square bases, and a "tetrahedron" has a triangular base -- which makes it symmetrical from EVERY direction.
Here are example drawings of tetrahedrons:
Most people don't realize it, but tetrahedrons become remarkable things, once you understand their patterns and principles. Among other things, they are the strongest and most stable 3-dimensional shapes that exist, in the universe as we know it. And, carbon became the building block of all life on earth, because it is shaped like a tetrahedron. And, silicon became the building block of electronics, integrated circuits, and computers, because it, too, is shaped like a tetrahedron.
And, there are powerful and compelling reasons why all vertebrate animals (except snakes) have four (and exactly four) limbs. Higher animals use that system, because that is what works best to balance: (1) the needs of mobility, since one leg can be raised, to look for the next landing spot, while the other three legs will provide a stable tripod; (2) the need for speed, as evidenced by fast-running animals; and, (3) the need to limit the amount of brain capacity which must be used to handle neuro-muscular signals both to, and from, the smallest practical number of limbs.
This is not meant to say that tetrahedrons, or the number 4, have some sort of magical or mystical powers. Instead, it is an explicit statement, and recognition, that the number "4" is where, in many, MANY instances, components begin working and functioning and cooperating, together, in ways that convert them from (i) mere collections of components, into (ii) functioning systems and structures, which suddenly climb up to a higher level of capability, and functionality, that a mere collection of components simply cannot reach, or achieve.
Even though I have a "hard science/engineering" background and skills, I do not try to avoid issues of (or questions about) religion, faith, spirituality, or the possible existence of God. Instead, I regard the (needless, in my opinion) conflicts between science, and religions, as one of the most tragic and destructive factors that have plagued society throughout history, and that now threaten to quite literally destroy the entire human species. In my personal opinion, finding ways to bridge the gaps, and overcome the animosities, between peope of science, and people of faith, may well be the best and perhaps only hope that humans will have, to help them somehow survive the approaching upheavals that will be caused by global warming and climate change. So, if I can do anything to help create any new bridge(s) between people of science, and people of faith, I will at least try.
And, for those inclined toward religion, faith, and/or spirituality, logical and interesting arguments can be made that tetrahedrons may even be "the shape of God" (an ambiguous phrase, rather like, "in His image"). Beyond the way that some "higher power" (or "organizing principles", or similar terms) created everything from atoms to animals, in ways that use and rely heavily upon tetrahedral systems and structures, there also are numerous symbols, images, concepts, depictions, and principles, that subtly weave four (and exactly four) different things, or parts, into something which then takes on larger and greater meaning, and importance.
For example, the next time any Christian looks at a cross, s/he should try to consciously notice several things that s/he probably never noticed before, or thought about in a conscious way. A cross is composed of four parts - the "stem" (i.e., below the intersection), and the left, right, and vertical arms. And, notice also that a cross creates four areas, in the same way that a street intersection creates four street-corners, each capable of becoming and supporting a building, park, or whatever.
Also notice how the rotating tetrahedron, shown below, reveals a cross, in the center, at not just one but two different points, in every cycle of rotation.
Once someone begins to recognize that FOUR is a crucially and critically important number, not in theory, but in real life, nature, and engineering and technology, and system design . . .
well . . . that kind of insight, pattern recognition, and understanding, is what this website is all about.
So . . . if you will click the brown TETRAHEDRONS button below, I'll do my best to explain how and why you will be better equipped to design, build, assemble, and accomplish things that will work better, and last longer. And why their combination of strength, stability, and simplicity makes tetrahedrons good and useful things to know about, think about, and weave into your plans and tactics, if you have something valuable you would like to safeguard and protect, while also nurturing it, growing it, and sharing it with others.
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